March is here which means spring is coming. Although the current snowy and windy weather might not show it, the first day of spring is scheduled for March 20. Patiently waiting for the warm weather to arrive gives us plenty of time to prepare for spring cleaning. While cleaning up can turn into a long boring chore you can spread your tasks out over several days. The website Finely Ground has given a guide to spring cleaning where you can do one task each day for 23 days.
The list begins with dusting light fixtures and ceiling fans, then it moves on to beating rugs, cleaning the kitchen, organizing wardrobe, and it ends with polishing and conditioning wood. The list also offers tips like dampening a microfiber with vinegar, and a green method of deep cleaning the shower. If you keep up with this list every day you will have a fresh clean place in just three weeks. Do you have any of your own spring cleaning tips you would like to share? Let us know!
The Big Dance is coming up and while many of us will be carefully figuring out our brackets by picking upsets and Cinderella teams while also trying not to advance your favorite team just a little too far. The month of March is great for college basketball, but what about food? Did you know that there are similar tournaments for food like meats, snacks, and discontinued food? Read more to check them out!
Food blog SoGood has been hosting food based tournaments every March for years. Tournament categories have included meats, snacks, candy, fast food and discontinued foods where readers and fans will vote for their favorite to advance. Last years winner was the soda Surge in the discontinued foods tournament, with categories such as sweets, snacks and cereals, soda, and other beverages. Foods that were included in that tournament were Dunkaroos, Doritos 3D, Crystal Pepsi, Zima, and Fruitopia. Past winners have been Oreos in Snack Madness, Wendy’s in the fast food tournament, and bacon beating out steak in the Meat Madness. Check out all the past tournaments on the SoGood blog, and get ready to fill out your bracket for this year’s upcoming food tournament along with your NCAA bracket.
December means that winter is officially here. With winter comes the cold weather and snow and ice. Here are some tips from ConsumerEnergyCenter.org to help keep your home warm while saving energy and money.
- Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you’ll save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Wear warm clothing like a sweater and set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower during the day and evening, health permitting. Set the thermostat back to 55 degrees or off at night or when leaving home for an extended time, saving 5-20 percent of your heating costs (heat pumps should only be set back 2 degrees to prevent unneeded use of backup strip heating).
- Let the sunshine in. Open drapes and let the sun heat your home for free (get them closed again at sundown so they help insulate).
- Eliminate wasted energy. Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms. Unplug that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don’t truly need it – this seemingly convenient way to keep extra drinks cold adds 10-25 percent to your electric bill. Turn off kitchen and bath-ventilating fans after they’ve done their job – these fans can blow out a house-full of heated air if inadvertently left on. Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning to prevent up to 8 percent of your furnace-heated air from
going up the chimney.
- Shorten showers. Simply reducing that lingering time by a few minutes can save hundreds of gallons of hot water per month for a family of four. Showers account for 2/3 of your water heating costs. Cutting your showers in half will reduce your water heating costs by 33 percent.
- Use appliances efficiently. Do only full loads when using your dishwasher and clothes washer. Use the cold water setting on your clothes washer when you can. Using cold water reduces your washer’s energy use by 75 percent. Be sure to clean your clothes dryer’s lint trap after each use. Use the moisture-sensing automatic drying setting on your dryer if you have one.
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